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Mariah Carey was sued on Friday for her 1994 holiday anthem All I Want for Christmas Is You over claims that she misappropriated the song from an earlier version.

Andy Stone, also known as Vince Vance from the country-pop band Vince Vance & the Valiants, filed a complaint in New Orleans federal court stating that he co-wrote a song with the same title five years before Carey. He is seeking US$20 million in damages for the alleged copyright infringement and misappropriation from Carey, her co-writer Walter Afanasieff, and Sony Music Entertainment.

Stone co-wrote and recorded the Vince Vance & the Valiants version of All I Want for Christmas Is You in 1989, according to the lawsuit. He claims the track received “extensive airplay” in 1993 and “began making appearances on the Billboard Music Charts.”

Carey’s version was released in 1994 on her Merry Christmas album. The two songs have different lyrics and melodies.

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Stone accused the defendants of illegally exploiting his “popularity and unique style” and for causing confusion with audiences by recording the newer song without his permission.

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Carey’s version of All I Want for Christmas Is You is hard to miss around the holiday season, receiving widespread play on the radio and on streamings services. The song has topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart every year since 2019.

All I Want for Christmas Is You was Carey’s 19th No. 1 song, one fewer than the Beatles.

It’s unclear when Stone first learned about Carey’s song, though his complaint did recount that Stone’s lawyers contacted the defendants in April 2021 about the alleged unauthorized use. They were “unable to come to any agreement.”

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Carey, Sony Music and Stone have not yet made a public statement in regard to the lawsuit.

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This legal challenge to Carey’s hit song comes amid a rise in copyright lawsuits levelled against famous musical artists.

In March, Dua Lipa was sued twice over her song Levitating. In April, Ed Sheeran won in court after it was alleged that his hit song Shape of You had plagiarized another work.

“While we are obviously happy with the results, claims like this have become way too common now,” Sheeran said after winning the lawsuit.

— With files from Reuters

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Powerhouse singer Adele stopped mid-way through a song to help a fan during her performance on Friday night.

While performing her hit-song ‘Skyfall’, Adele spotted a struggling fan in the crowd at London’s Hyde Park. She stopped singing and immediately called for assistance.

“Stop, stop, stop. I need security’s help,” she said. “Right in the middle there, can you see where they’re waving?” Watch above.

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The British songstress began to sing ‘Skyfall’ but stopped after one note to help a fan. (Twitter)

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The British singer asked people in the crowd to make way for the help team and was met with applause and cheers from the audience. 

Adele then watched security make its way to the fan, and as soon as she could see they were okay, she headed straight back into performance mode.

“Right, let’s start again,” she told the audience.

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The entire situation took less than one minute to resolve. Adele’s response was met with praise from her live audience, and online commenters after a video was uploaded onto Twitter.

“Love her,” said one Twitter user. Another commented, “What Travis should’ve done,” in reference to the 2021 Astroworld Festival incident.

During Travis Scott’s performance, at the music festival in November of last year, the extremely packed audience pit began to push forward, which led to a fatal crowd crush and killed 10 people.

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Scott started and stopped his show a few times to address some crowd members, but was largely criticised for not doing enough. Members of the audience were chanting for him to stop the entire set, but the show continued for another half hour. 

He was met with fierce backlash in the aftermath of the tragedy, and many took to Twitter with examples of artists like Adele and Billie Eilish efficiently addressing crowd issues to highlight Scott’s culpability in the Astroworld casualties.

Adele’s 2017 concert at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium was the biggest single concert in Australian history with more than 100,000 attendees.

Though she has recently discussed returning, the popstar currently has no concrete plans to tour Australia. 

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Exclusive: Joey King Pays Tribute to Fiancé Steven Piet With Sweet TikTok Video – TalkOfNews.com

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Joey King has found her prince.

Four months after getting engaged to fiancé Steven Piet, the actress took to TikTok to pay tribute to her future husband with a heartwarming video montage.

“This is my fiancé, Steven,” she wrote on July 1. “I love him with my whole heart, and i wanted to show him off a lil.”

Highlighting some of the couple’s cutest moments together, the video included clips of the two dancing in the car, snow tubing, cuddling with their dogs, laughing over coffee, cooking and more, set to the song “Become a Mountain” by Dan Deacon.

The Kissing Booth star added, “Just felt like making a video showing merely a fraction of how wonderful life is with you.”

The post’s comment section quickly filled up with TikTok users gushing over the pair’s chemistry. “He matches your vibe perfectly, so happy you found your other half,” one user wrote, while another remarked, “You can feel the happiness & love.”

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